Scott D. Stowell
HAA Board Chair 2017-2018 & Executive Chairman of the Board
CalAtlantic Group, Inc.
Scott D. Stowell serves as Executive Chairman of the Board for CalAtlantic Group, Inc. one of the nation's leading publicly traded homebuilders. Stowell was instrumental in the creation of CalAtlantic Group Inc. which was formed through the merging of industry icons Standard Pacific Corp. and Ryland Group, Inc.
For almost three decades, he has contributed to the achievements that distinguished Standard Pacific Homes as an industry leader. Stowell was named Director, Chief Executive Officer and President in January 2012. He was named President in March 2011. Prior to that he served as Chief Operating Officer from May 2007 to March 2011, President of the Southern California Region from September 2002 to May 2007 and President of our Orange County division from April 1996 to September 2002.
Stowell's distinguished academic career includes graduating Magna Cum Laude from Brigham Young University with a degree in Organizational Communications. He obtained his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of California at Irvine.
Chief Operating Officer & Western Region President
Brookfield Residential, Southern California
Adrian Foley President, Brookfield Homes, Los Angeles COO, Brookfield Residential, Western Region As the President of Brookfield Homes Los Angeles, Adrian Foley is responsible for strategic planning oversight and management direction for the Los Angeles Group, one of the most creative and dynamic homebuilding teams in Southern California. His current emphasis is to manage the company’s unique blend of development opportunities, continue to expand the company’s presence in California’s rapidly growing Los Angeles, Ventura, San Bernardino and Orange County regions, and to maximize the potential of this team of extremely talented individuals.
Prior to joining Brookfield Homes Los Angeles in 1996 Foley held the position of Senior Development Manager for Taylor Woodrow Homes, where he played a major role in the development of numerous award-winning neighborhoods in Orange, San Diego and Los Angeles Counties. Born and raised in England, Adrian holds a BS degree in Building. He has been married to his wife, Lisa, since 1990 and they have one son, Austin.
HomeAid San Diego
Alexis joined HomeAid San Diego in 2007 as the Executive Director. Since she came on board, HomeAid San Diego has built 15 homeless shelters that provide housing annually for more than 2,000 folks. Utilizing the building contacts and resources of the HomeAid organization, Alexis has been able to garner over $1.5 M in donations for these projects. She has been instrumental in expanding the outreach of the Housing Development Program and establishing HomeAid San Diego as one of the community leaders in developing housing to shelter the entire spectrum of homeless in San Diego County.
Prior to joining HomeAid San Diego, Alexis was the Marketing Director of Fujitsu’s Financial Services Division for North America for 15 years. During her tenure she was an integral member of the team that landed the largest contract win in the Division’s sales history.
Alexis has her Masters in Marine Geology and worked as a researcher in micropaleontology at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
President & CEO
Bert Selva is president and CEO of Shea Homes, one of the largest homebuilders in America operating in nine states. Shea Homes was awarded Builder of the Year Award by Professional Builder Magazine and named one of America’s Best Builders by Builder Magazine.
Bert holds a Business degree from the University of Southern California and an MBA from UCLA. He is also fluent in Spanish.
Bert was inducted into the California Homebuilding Foundation Hall of Fame in 2010 and received CEO of the Year by Builder and Big Builder magazines. Bert also received the Hearthstone Humanitarian Lifetime Achievement Award, which included a $100,000 donation to the charity of his choice.
Bert is currently an Executive Committee member of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate, member of St. Ignatius College Prep Board of Regents in San Francisco and National Vice President, MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association)/Augie’s Quest. He previously served as Chairman of the Board for HomeAid America.
President and Chief Operating Officer
Builders First Source
HomeAid Northern California
After serving on the Board of Directors of HomeAid Northern California for over 4 years, Cheryl stepped into the leadership role as Executive Director of HomeAid Northern California in 2011. Most recently, O’Connor served as Chief Executive Officer of the Building Industry Association (BIA) of the Bay Area and Regional Chairman of the BIA in 2008. Cheryl has thirty-five years of experience in marketing and selling new home communities in Northern California. In her career, she has held senior level management positions with Summerhill Homes, Warmington Homes, Taylor Woodrow, Ponderosa Homes and The O’Brien Group. Cheryl is a green building and affordable housing advocate and is a LEED Accredited Professional and holds a California Real Estate Broker’s license. She also serves on several Boards including Build it Green, HomeAid America and STAND! For Families Free of Violence.
President & CEO
Chief Retail Production Officer
Dan Hanson’s mortgage career encompasses more than 30 years of experience on a national scale. As the National Builder and Retail Executive for Directors, Norwest, Wells Fargo and Countrywide Home Loans, he is widely recognized as a national retail leader. Currently, Dan is the Executive Vice President, National Production for imortgage that will fund over $7 billion in purchase loans in 2015. In addition to Dan’s professional resume he is an active Board Member of several national charities: HomeAid America, Free Wheelchair Mission and HOPE International.
AIA, Senior Principal, director of Design
Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association
David Ellis, CAE joined the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association as Executive Vice President in May 2005. He has served over 25 years as an executive with local building industry organizations. David has been recognized by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) as the best new Executive Officer in the nation and was honored in 2003 as NAHB’s Executive Officer of the Year. He is a past President of the Home Builders Association of Georgia Executive Officers Council and the NAHB Executive Officers Council. In 2014, he was recognized by the NAHB Professional Women in Building as the Executive Officer of the Year. He serves as a Board member for HomeAid Atlanta, HomeAid America, the Housing Institute, the Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership, the Georgia Society of Association Executives and the Southface Energy Institute. David graduated cum laude from Furman University with a B.A. degree in History. He has been married 26 years and has two beautiful girls, Lila (12) and Ansley (9).
President and CEO
Boral Industries, Inc.
Senior Vice President
Wells Fargo Bank
H. Lawrence Webb
Chief Executive Officer
The New Home Company
Larry serves as Chief Executive Officer for The New Home Company. As founder and CEO, Larry leads the company’s overall vision, strategic planning and policy making. Larry’s 30 years of success in the homebuilding industry are distinguished by a conscientious approach to helping his clients and employees, and by giving back to the communities in which he builds. This includes his many charitable commitments such as serving on the boards of HomeAid America and Interval House.
Throughout his career, Larry has been honored and recognized by the industry for his philanthropy, marketing excellence and visionary leadership. He holds a master’s degree in city and regional planning from Harvard University. Larry has been invited to teach classes in the real estate field at the University of Southern California; University of California, Irvine; Harvard University and Cornell University. He regularly delivers keynote addresses at national conferences for organizations such as the Urban Land Institute and the National Association of Homebuilders.
Executive Vice President, Strategic Development
James brings more than 20 years of mortgage banking sales, operations and strategic partnership expertise to his current position with Stearns. As a member of the Executive Management Team, James is responsible for leading and growing strategic production channels such as Consumer Direct, Builder, Credit Union Partners, and our Marketing and Recruitment teams.
James received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree for Marketing from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, School of Business Administration.
Meyers Research, A Kennedy Wilson Company
As a President of Meyers Research, a Kennedy Wilson Company, Mr. Meyers brings over 25 years of experience in which time he founded, built, and sold the largest market research company serving the US Homebuilding Industry, The Meyers Group. At its height, The Meyers Group grew to 21 offices and over 200 employees nationwide.
Jeff specializes in on-going advisory services and manages all consulting assignments for several top ten public home builders through his direct involvement with land acquisition strategies, product development, segmentation, and positioning. Highly regarded as an industry expert for real estate trends and issues, Mr. Meyers is quoted frequently in several national publications including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times. His recent speaking engagements include the National Association of Home Builders Council, the Pacific Coast Builders Conference, the Southern California Building Industry Association, and the Urban Land Institute. Mr. Meyers is highly accomplished and regarded as the leading expert on residential trends in the real estate market.
Regional President, West Region
Lennar Homes of California, Inc.
Jeff is responsible for overseeing the homebuilding operations in the West Region. Jeff joined Lennar in January 1996. He started and managed Lennar's Orange County Division, which was the foundation for Lennar's expansion in California.
Jeff has been involved in the homebuilding and construction industry for more than 30 years. Prior to joining Lennar, Jeff headed Bramalea California, Inc. and was responsible for the homebuilding activities, financial restructuring and subsequent sale of the company's Southern California Division to Lennar in 1996.
Jeff helped found the Lennar Charitable Housing Foundation in 2001 which serves as a financial vehicle to assist homebuilders with the opportunity to help meet our country's significant homeless problem and allows homeowners to provide funds to support organizations that assist the transitionally homeless.
Senior Vice President
First American Title Insurance Company
Joe Tavarez is Senior Vice President of First American Title Insurance Company’s Homebuilder Services Division where he develops and manages all First American homebuilder business nationwide, including administrating service levels, overseeing all sales, and production of new business and products.
Tavarez began his career in the financial services industry with positions at C.I.T. Corporation, Commercial Credit Business Loans, and GlenFed Mortgage. Beginning in 1990, he served as President of Spring Mountain Escrow and later, its sister company, Pioneer Savings and Loan. Tavarez worked at WMC Mortgage Company and Fidelity National Title Company in similar capacities prior to joining First American in 2000.
Tavarez received his B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and attended the University of San Francisco School of Law. He is active in the Building Industry Association, Rancheros Visitadores and El Viaje de Portola and serves on the boards of HomeAid America and the Lott Award.
Executive Vice President
TRI Pointe Homes
Over his 26 year career in the residential homebuilding industry, John Monacci has held a number of executive positions in all aspects of homebuilding management. He has profit and loss responsibility for operations that have exceeded $100 million in revenue for 5+ years.
Currently, he is Executive Vice President for Winchester Homes, Inc, a Bethesda, MD based subsidiary of The TRI Pointe Group, Inc. He is currently an active board member of HomeAid Northern Virginia, a non-profit that builds and renovates homeless shelters and transitional housing for Northern Virginia care providers who serve homeless families and individuals. As a leader, Monacci has served on this board for the past 11 years, serving as Board President in 2011. He received the organization’s President’s Award in 2014. He is an active Board member of the Evan Foundation, an organization which funds research for Pediatric cancer. John is the President of the Oak Hill Reserve Homeowners Association and is an active member of the Knights of Columbus in Reston, Virginia
He received a B.A. from Providence College, a Graduate Legal Certificate from Georgetown University and an M.S. in Real Estate from Johns Hopkins University
John lives with his wife and daughter in Oak Hill, VA.
Vice President of Sales
Delta Faucet Company
With more than 29 years of experience in the kitchen and bath industry, including 22 years at Delta Faucet Company, Jon brings extensive knowledge to his role as vice president of sales. Previously held positions within Delta include, vice president of trade sales, vice president of sales strategy as well as sales manager. Jon has served on several industry advisory committees to assist wholesalers, plumbers, builders and K&B dealers drive their strategies forward. Jon is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where he received a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He enjoys golfing, bicycling and spending time with his wife and three sons.
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Jon is responsible for overseeing Lennar’s homebuilding and land operations in the California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Washington State and Colorado markets. He is also responsible for new business and strategic growth initiatives for the company. Jon has been with Lennar for over 30 years starting in 1983.
Jon has served as Vice President and Chief Operating Office since 2004. From 1997 to 2004, he was on the Board of Directors of Lennar. Jon was responsible for various aspects of Lennar’s Florida operations until 1995. At that time he relocated to California to lead Lennar’s entry into the western United States. He was responsible for successfully acquiring and integrating over 20 homebuilding and development companies, in the western United States.
Jon graduated from the University of Florida in 1981 with a degree in architecture and continued with graduate studies in Architecture at Georgia Institute of Technology. He lives in California with his wife, Karen, and his three kids, Alec (23), Zachary (21) and Kyle (20).
Executive Senior Principal, President & CFO
Lifescapes International, Inc.
Executive Senior Principal, President and CFO of Lifescapes International, Inc., Julie Brinkerhoff-Jacobs has been active in the construction industry since 1975. Her 40 years’ experience is focused on guiding, managing and seeing the growth of the results-oriented landscape architectural firm. She is a frequent guest speaker, lecturer and author on design and marketing-related issues for the industry. A graduate of Cal State University, Sonoma, Julie is actively involved in organizations such as Urban Land Institute, International Council of Shopping Centers and is cofounder of HomeAid Orange County and HomeAid America (the national board) and is active on the Executive Committee. She is also a board member of the Southern Nevada HomeAid chapter.
Senior Vice President of Marketing
EVP, Regional Manager
Fidelity National Title Group
Katherine (Katy) Gnapp
Head of Commercial Real Estate Banking, Managing Director
Bank of America / Merrill Lynch
Katy Gnapp leads the client management team responsible for delivering a broad set of financial solutions to professional commercial real estate investors serviced by the Commercial Real Estate Banking (CREB) division of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Based in Chicago, Katy has been with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, related subsidiaries, and predecessor institutions since 1982 serving the commercial real estate industry.
She is past President of the Real Estate Lenders Association and a member of the Real Estate Networking Trust, the Urban Land Institute (ULI), and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Katy also serves on the Board of HomeAid America.
Katy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from the University of Illinois and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago.
Laura has worked in human services for 30 years. She has served as Executive Director for HomeAid Colorado since 2002. During this time she has overseen the development of 50 housing units for the homeless, leveraging partnerships with home builders, trades, suppliers, homeless service organizations, state and local home builders associations and municipalities across the state. Prior to her experience at HomeAid she was employed in the field of developmental disabilities by Martin Luther Homes and REM Services.
In 2004 Laura was awarded the Leadership Award from HomeAid’s National office and Board of Directors. She is a past recipient of the Woman of Achievement Award from the Association of Women in Communications, Denver Professional Chapter and 2013 received on behalf of HomeAid Colorado the Service Organization of the Year Award for National Philanthropy Day.
HomeAid Inland Empire
Ronald J. DeFelice
Ronald J. DeFelice is a real estate transactional lawyer with expertise in a broad array of real estate matters, including leasing, financing, acquisition and disposition of all types of real property. Mr. DeFelice has represented purchasers and sellers in transactions involving shopping malls, apartment projects, office buildings, industrial and commercial property and raw land and has represented lessors and lessees in office, commercial and industrial lease transactions. He has extensive experience in residential real estate development, including representation of master-planned communities in sales of parcels of entitled land, as well as representation of merchant builders as buyers of land for development. In addition, Mr. DeFelice has represented both lenders and borrowers in a variety of lending transactions and workouts. On a pro bono basis, Mr. DeFelice has represented a charitable organization in the negotiation and documentation of numerous Development and Disposition Agreements for the acquisition of real property from public agencies.
HomeAid Orange County
Mr. Larson is the Executive Director of HomeAid Orange County.
Larson has more than 29 years of professional experience in the non-profit and building industries. He has received an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix, a bachelor’s degree from Biola University and certificate in fundraising from the UCI.
Larson is a strong leader of homeless initiatives in Orange County and serves as the Chairman of Orange County’s Commission to End Homelessness and has previously been a Commissioner for the Housing and Community Development Department of Orange County. Larson is also a director with Front Porch a network of not-for-profit communities offering a range of senior living levels of care and affordable housing and Board President for Aragon Affordable Housing which developed the Irvine Inn a single resident occupancy affordable housing community. He has also recently joined the board of directors for Innovative Housing Opportunities, a developer of affordable housing.
President and CEO
Taylor Morrison Home Corporation
Steven M. Friedman
Chief Financial Officer
Walton Development and Management (USA), Inc.
Steve is the Chief Financial Officer of Walton Development and Management (USA), Inc., a member of the Walton Group of Companies (“Walton”). Walton is a privately held, multinational real estate investment management and development group, focused on the research, acquisition, administration, planning and development of strategically located land in major North American growth corridors. Walton has some 97,000 acres of land and $4 billion in assets under management and administration and currently is managing more than 20 development projects in the United States.
Prior to joining Walton in July 2015, Steve retired after a long and distinguished career as a principal with Ernst & Young (“EY”), the professional services firm. Steve ran EY’s homebuilding and land development practice, the largest of any professional services firm, for more than a decade.
In addition to his role as a member of the Board of Directors of HomeAid America, Steve is a board member and chair of the audit committee of the Corporation for Supportive Housing.
Director Business Development
Landmark Capital Advisors